Allyson Felix eclipses Usain Bolt’s IAAF World Championships medal tally
The win in women’s 4x100m relay helped USA’s Allyson Felix go past Usain Bolt, as well as Merlene Ottey, in terms of number of medals won in IAAF World Championships historyother sports Updated: Aug 13, 2017 16:14 IST
Team United States of America (USA) won its first women’s 4X100m world title since 2011 at the ongoing IAAF World Championships on Saturday.
While the team consisting Aaliyah Brown, Allyson Felix, Morolake Akinosun and Tori Bowie helped US clinch a medal, it was a moment for Felix to cherish in particular as the win helped her surpass the likes of Usain Bolt (14 medals) and Merlene Ottey in terms of overall medals.
It was overall the 15th medal for the 31-year-old Allyson, who is now ahead by one medal in comparison to Bolt and Merlene, while competing in her eighth World Championships, reported teamusa.org.
Team USA was able to overcome some hiccups but remained determined throughout their campaign, and inspired by Tori, they were able to pull off their first victory in over six years. They finished the race in 41.82 seconds.
Great Britain finished the race in the second spot (42.12) — a significant improvement from their showing in Rio Olympics, where they grabbed the bronze — and Jamaica finished third with the timing of 42.19 seconds.
It was certainly a tough night for those supporting Jamaica when Usain Bolt — running in his final race — suffered a hamstring pull and went down hobbling and tumbling on the track.
Official records showed Jamaica did not finish the race even though Bolt denied being carried off in a wheelchair and completed the race with the help of his teammates.
However, Team USA certainly were elated after winning their overall seventh medal in the competition, a margin that puts them way ahead of Jamaica, who have four.
Morolake revealed that it was the team’s decision to maintain their demeanour as they wanted to show they meant business. “It’s not a game. We weren’t here to mess around. We’re here to get the job done,” she said.
Allyson added, “Now we’re all smiling.” She won her 10th gold medal — a record among female athletes and remained the vital cog in her country’s campaigns.
Apart from her splendid performances in the last two Olympics, Allyson has also been a part of USA teams in World Championships, winning a gold in 2007 and 2011, as well as a silver in 2015.
“(It) feels really special. It’s a privilege to step on this track and do what I love and I don’t take any of it for granted. But tonight was just about this medal and running with these ladies. We just wanted to make the USA proud,” she said.